Earth Day Fes­ti­val fun comes to Ch­ester­town

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CH­ESTER­TOWN — Sunny skies and a mild breeze greeted at­ten­dees to Ch­ester­town’s ninth an­nual Earth Day Fes­ti­val Satur­day. Held in Me­mo­rial Plaza, the event was or­ga­nized by the Ch­ester­town En­vi­ron­men­tal Com­mit­tee and by the Town of Ch­ester­town. There was an ar­ray of or­ga­ni­za­tions that par­tic­i­pated in the fes­ti­val pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion on eco-friendly and sus­tain­able op­tions from so­lar en­ergy con­trac­tors and con­ser­va­tion or­ga­ni­za­tions. Mt. Olive Church pro­vided fried fish and shrimp along with other fes­ti­val food from its food truck. The fes­ti­val also in­cluded a show of elec­tric and Earth­friendly cars in­clud­ing a Tesla, a BMW i8, a Toy­ota Prius and a Chevro­let Volt owned by fes­ti­val or­ga­nizer Jon Hanley. Adults who at­tended could bring bat­ter­ies, CFL and flu­o­res­cent bulbs to be re­cy­cled courtesy of Han­ley­man Ser­vices. Chil­dren en­joyed face paint­ing, fun in a bounce house and crafts at Kalei­do­scope Art Stu­dio’s booth, where they could cre­ate “Earth neck­laces.” Infinity Re­cy­cling pro­vided its an­nual “guess the weight” con­test where any­one could make a guess at how much bales of re­cy­cled card­board, alu­minum cans

and plas­tic wa­ter or soda bot­tles weighed. There also was a “guess the num­ber of pull tabs” con­test. Nevin Daw­son was the win­ner of two of Infinity Re­cy­cling’s con­tests. Daw­son guessed 2,556 pull tabs land­ing him the clos­est to the ac­tual num­ber of 3,261. Daw­son also won the plas­tic bale weight with his guess of 872 pounds, just 24 pounds over. The card­board bale guess was won by Chris Galt with 1,232 pounds, which was 56 pounds over the ac­tual weight. The alu­minum can bale guess by Ly­dia Bur­num, whose guess was al­most spot on at 575 pounds, which was just 4 pounds too low. Win­ners re­ceived gift cards from lo­cal eater­ies the Seed House, Pro­col­ino’s, Figg’s Or­di­nary and Play It Again Sam. Over in Foun­tain Park, the town of­fi­cials cel­e­brated spring with an abridged ver­sion of its fes­ti­val Spring Splash. The orig­i­nal event was sched­uled for March, but was can­celed due to a fore­cast of snow. Ch­ester­town Mayor Chris Cerino led the count­down to turn on the Hebe Foun­tain for spring.

PHO­TOS BY LEANN SCHENKE

From left, Jack Ferry, 6, and Grace Ferry, 9, of Church Hill cre­ate Earth neck­laces at Kalei­do­scope Art Stu­dio’s booth dur­ing the Earth Day Fes­ti­val. Chil­dren could choose from a va­ri­ety of ma­te­ri­als for their neck­laces. The ma­te­ri­als and artis­tic ad­vice was pro­vided by Shelley Ar­miger, who owns the stu­dio. The stu­dio is set to open dur­ing First Fri­day, May 4 in Ch­ester­town.

Dick Crane shows a hon­ey­comb cre­ated by his bees dur­ing the Earth Day Fes­ti­val. Crane is a mem­ber of the Up­per Eastern Shore Bee­keep­ers As­so­ci­a­tion.

PHO­TOS BY LEANN SCHENKE

From left are the first- and sec­ond-place win­ners of RiverArts’ Re­cy­cled Art Con­test.

The Earth Day Fes­ti­val’s show of eco-friendly cars in­cluded a BMW i8, which has a lithium-ion bat­tery pack.

From left, Echo Hill Out­door School staff mem­bers Court­ney Weaver and Ali San­ders watch as sib­lings Lucy, 8, Teddy, 6, and Al­ida Trum­bauer, 10, take a look a a cow skull at Echo Hill Out­door School’s booth dur­ing the eighth an­nual Earth Day Fes­ti­val held Satur­day in Ch­ester­town. For the fes­ti­val, the school brought items for vis­i­tors to touch in­clud­ing pelts and wa­ter sam­ples from lo­cal creeks and rivers.

Erica Ar­miger of Infinity Re­cy­cling stands next to a truck filled with crushed re­cy­cling col­lected from Ch­ester­town. At­ten­dees to the Earth Day Fes­ti­val could guess how much each pal­let of re­cy­cled plas­tic bot­tles, cans and card­boards weighs for a chance to win gift cer­tifi­cates.

Luca Joswick, 2, of Milling­ton and Jenna Joswick get a closer look at Hebe Foun­tain Satur­day fol­low­ing the count­down cer­e­mony to turn­ing it back on for spring and sum­mer.

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